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  • Revolution in the Countrysideby Jim Handy

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    Although most discussions of the Guatemalan "revolution" of 1944-54 focus on international and national politics, Revolution in the Countryside presents a more complex and integrated picture of this decade. Jim Handy examines the rural poor, both Maya and Ladino, as key players who had a decisive impact on the nature of change in Guatemala. He looks... more...

  • Harvesting Changeby Laura J. Enriquez

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    One of the principal aims of the Sandinista government in Nicaragua was to end the exploitation of the rural poor. But its attempts to promote balanced economic development and redistribute agricultural resources created labor shortages that threatened the country's economic lifeline. New employment opportunities created through agrarian reform upset... more...

  • The Regime of Anastasio Somoza, 1936-1956by Knut Walter

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    To many observers, Anastasio Somoza, who ruled Nicaragua from 1936 until his assassination in 1956, personified the worst features of a dictator. While not dismissing these characteristics, Knut Walter argues that the regime was in fact more notable for its achievement of stability, economic growth, and state building than for its personalistic and... more...

  • Nicaragua's Other Revolutionby Michael Dodson; Laura Nuzzi O'Shaughnessy

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    The 1979 rebellion in Nicaragua was the first in modern Latin America to be carried out with the active participation and support of Christians. Like all revolutions, the Nicaraguan Revolution has provoked controversy and hostility, and the Christian presence has been a focal point in the debate. In this work Michael Dodson and Laura Nuzzi O'Shaughnessy... more...

  • Stories of Civil War in El Salvadorby Erik Ching

    The University of North Carolina Press 2016; US$ 31.99

    El Salvador's civil war began in 1980 and ended twelve bloody years later. It saw extreme violence on both sides, including the terrorizing and targeting of civilians by death squads, recruitment of child soldiers, and the death and disappearance of more than 75,000 people. Examining El Salvador's vibrant life-story literature written in the aftermath... more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeologyby Deborah L. Nichols; Christopher A. Pool

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 54.99

    Unique among recent works, The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology brings together in a single volume article-length regional syntheses and topical overviews written by active scholars in the field of Mesoamerican archaeology. more...

  • INSIDE CENTRAL AMERICAby Phillip Berryman

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 5.95

    Since 1979, United States policy in Central America has been based on an assumption that revolutionary movements led by Marxists must represent a serious threat to U.S. interests and security. On this point, the difference between liberals and conservatives is merely one of emphasis or accent. Such an assumption is not shared by most governments in... more...

  • Africans into Creolesby Russell Lohse

    University of New Mexico Press 2014; US$ 34.95

    Unlike most books on slavery in the Americas, this social history of Africans and their enslaved descendants in colonial Costa Rica recounts the journey of specific people from West Africa to the New World. more...

  • The Age of Tradeby Arturo Giraldez

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 37.99

    Arturo Giraldez provides a rich history of the ships and sailors that launched the global economy. Beginning with the founding of Manila in 1571 and ending in 1815 when the last galleon left Acapulco for the Philippines, these vessels braved weather and pirates to establish a vital connection between the Spanish empire in America with Asia. more...

  • The Boiling Riverby Andrés Ruzo

    Simon & Schuster/ TED 2016; US$ 16.99

    In this exciting adventure mixed with amazing scientific study, a young, exuberant explorer and geoscientist journeys deep into the Amazon?where rivers boil and legends come to life. When Andrés Ruzo was just a small boy in Peru, his grandfather told him the story of a mysterious legend: There is a river, deep in the Amazon, which boils as if a fire... more...